RYUJIN MABUYER the movie
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1 episode (96 min)
New Superhero from Okinawa!!
“Ryujin Mabuyer,” a live-action superhero TV series that has aired in Okinawa island prefecture since 2008, makes its big-screen debut in 2011.
On the surface, the islands of Okinawa are at peace. But in the shadows, the evil army “Majimun” has appeared, and is searching for the nine legendary Mabui Stones. In the hour of Okinawa’s greatest peril, the Mabui (soul) of the protector God of the Mabui stones, Ryujin Mabuyer will draw to itself one man, and revive to stop the ambitions of evil.
”Ryujin Mabuyer” is a community-based live-action superhero TV series that was inspired by the “Super Sentai” (Super squad, aka Power Rangers) series. Such shows typically advertise the localities in which they are set.
In the series, the characters speak in Okinawa’s local dialect and have Okinawan names. Unlike other superhero series, the villains in ‘Ryujin Mabuyer,’ collectively known as ‘Majimun’, are not depicted as totally evil. They even bury the hatchet with Mabuyer in the end, which is unprecedented among superhero series.
The story focuses on the Seven Stars of the Northern Dipper, a.k.a. the seven Mabui (soul) = study, health, appetite, courage, loyalty, patience, and mercy. Each seven Mabui is the indispensable heart and soul which resides deeply among Uchinanchu, the people of Okinawa.
Mabuyer, together with his partner Ganasea, strives to save Uchinanchu from Majimun by bringing the stolen Mabui back. However, the real message behind Majimun’s attempt was to alert people about the ongoing environmental destruction caused by the humans. And here, the true superhero responds….
Starring actor/singer Shintaro Yamada as the main character Uruma and his alter ego Ryujin Mabuyer, along with singer ISSA (from DA PUMP) as Saion/ Ryujin Ganasea. Both Yamada and ISSA are from Okinawa prefecture.
Ryujin Mabuyer live-action TV series spanned 3 seasons and a spin-off. The popularity of the show’s characters continues to grow along with their appearances at local events held constantly throughout the year.